Romare Bearden | Morning of Red Bird
#TBT Dynamic Africa History Post - Inspiration: “African Gold”.
From the ancient Southern African civilization of Mapungubwe, to the region formally known as the Gold Coast, for many African societies - both past and present - gold has and continues to play an important role in various aspects of their quotidien lives.
From the jewelry worn by women in the Sahara, Sahel and Senegambia regions, such as the kwottenai kanye earrings of Fulani women, the elaborate headdresses of Songhaï women, the gold jewelry and currency of the Moors and the Imazighen of North Africa, to the numerous gold cast items of the Ashanti and Akan people of Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire, gold has been used to represent status and wealth, accent spiritual and healing objects, and as adornments for special occassions.
Officers move in on a crowd of peaceful protesters.
Early morning, Friday, October 10th
BEST FOURTH WALL BREAK IN TV HISTORY
For the greater part of a decade, famed L.A.-based photography and CalArts alumnus, Todd Gray, worked as Michael Jackson’s personal photographer. Gray has of course since switched artistic focus, and through this shift we are able to see his new exhibit “Exquisite Terribleness.”
The exhibit opens September 11 at Meliksetian | Briggs, located less than a quarter of a mile up Fairfax from Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, and features photo pieces by combining defaced and splintered shots from his time photography the King of Pop and his time spend in Ghana. The strongly juxtaposed pieces, which are placed inside salvaged antique frames, create an odd presentation to say the least and capture American pop star decadence and Africa culture in a way never before seen.
Running through October 18, “Exquisite Terribleness” is open to public onlookers during Meliksetian | Briggs’ open hours from 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Screenings: Oct. 3, 6pm (Alice Tully Hall); Oct. 4, 3:15pm (Howard Gilman Theater) — Both screenings feature a live Q&A with director Alice Rohrwacher
Series: Main Slate
The rigors that accompany life and work in rural communities, set against those of the modern city, can often be extremely questionable to outsiders. That harshness can be magnified while trying to raise a family—and punctuated by a family of all girls. This is the problem that Wolfgang faces while toiling to provide and preserve a “traditional” way of life for his wife and three daughters. Yet, The Wonders is not his story, but that of his 12-year-old daughter Gelsomina. Her special talent for the family business of beekeeping and making honey, as well as quietly keeping the entire family in line, is both Gelsomina’s job and burden.
Feeling confused and imprisoned, the girl becomes determined to get the family onto Village Wonders, a TV show competition hosted by the good fairy, Milly Catena (Monica Belluci, The Passion of the Christ, 2004), that is offering a cash prize and luxury cruise for the “Most Traditional Family.” How she will do so despite Wolfgang’s protestations, the family’s illegal production facilities, and the introduction of a delinquent German boy—the son Wolfgang always wanted—into their family, is the problem. However, the headstrong and capable Gelsomina is determined to find a way.
Director Alice Rohrwacher, 32, who was raised in a similar countryside, paces the drama with a deftness of directors twice her age. Gelsomina, played by outstanding newcomer Maria Alexandra Lungu, seems to mirror Rohrwacher’s vividness with sly moments of emotional attachment and detachment that make the girl perhaps the strongest young character seen on screen all year. Rohrwacher continues this mirroring by comparing filmmaking to the family’s disputable honey production in a way that perfectly encapsulates the film: “Often good movies cannot comply with all narrative and production rules. Sure, there is the risk that audiences, a bit like the sanitation department, will shut you down. But I believe that before thinking about how much honey to sell, you have to ask yourself if the honey is good, especially if we would feed it to our own children.”
Limité Rating: 5/5
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cast: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Monica Bellucci
Languages: Italian, German, and French, with English subtitles
Runtime: 110 min.
The 52nd New York Film Festival runs from September 26 – October 12, 2014.